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E-Newsletter / November 2009

Posted: Thursday, November 26th, 2009 at 4:03 pm in E-Newsletters

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NEWSLETTER | NOVEMBER 2009

 

COME ONE, COME ALL: NPN OPENS PERFORMANCE DOORS

Each year during its Annual Meeting, NPN highlights new work of diverse contemporary artists in the U.S., but these events are seldom open to the public due to space limitations. But in 2009 and 2010, in celebration of NPN’s 25th Anniversary (and in recognition of Knoxville host Carpetbag Theatre’s 40th Anniversary), these performances are open to the public. Performances are Friday and Saturday, December 11-12 at 7pm at the Bijou Theatre. For ticket information, visit www.knoxbijou.com. Tickets are $15 for one night, or $25 for both nights.

Featured will be excerpts of four new works co-commissioned with NPN Creation Fund support:

  • The multi-media, multidisciplinary Under Polaris created by Cloud Eye Control from California, co-commissioned by REDCAT and PICA
  • the determining factor, a new dance work by all-male dance company Edgeworks from Washington DC, co-commissioned by Dance Place and Painted Bride
  • Farid Mercury by playwright, poet and humorist Robert Karimi, co-commissioned by MACLA, La Peña and Kaotic Good Productions
  • Ameriville, the latest spoken-word fusion by Universes of New York, co-commissioned by New WORLD Theater, Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents and Dance Place

Creation Fund subsidies are open to non-NPN Partners who collaborate with an NPN Partner. Look for the announcement of how your organization can apply for commissioning funds in next month’s issue.

Tennessee-area artists will also be featured both nights. Appearing Friday will be Obayana, Ajeet Yoga and Sparky & Rhonda Rucker. Liza Garza and Horace Smith will be featured in the Saturday performances. More information about these artists will be forthcoming in the next issue!

Top: the determining factor, Edgeworks, photo by Stephen Baranovics

     

NPN AWARDS $123,000
IN CREATION FUNDS FOR NEW WORK

The Creation Fund leverages resources for the creation and touring of new performance work by contributing at least $10,000 towards the creation process and ensuring a minimum two site tour. Visit here for the complete list of projects. The NPN Creation Fund is made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), the MetLife Foundation, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Top: Women, Sex, and Desire: Sometimes You Feel Like a Ho, Sometimes You Don’t, Gesel Mason Performance Projects, photo by John Borstel

 

NPN JOINED! YOU CAN TOO!

In this day and age of dysfunctional healthcare, sky-high liability
insurance premiums, and a slumping economy, artists and arts
organizations need to work smarter. Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts organization, helps artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses by providing access to affordable health care and liability coverage (including event, board insurance, workers’ comp and more) and offering on-line courses, micro-grants and many other services. Find out how Fractured Atlas can help your organization by visiting www.fracturedatlas.org

 

FROM SKID ROW TO BOLIVIA: LAPD FORGES VITAL CREATIVE CONNECTIONS

Over the last year, the Performing Americas Program, a partnership with La Red (Red de Promotores Culturales de Latinoamérica y el Caribe), sponsored eight Creative Exchange programs, designed to develop artists’ connections to communities in Latin America and the U.S. Read about one of these projects here: the Los Angeles Poverty Department’s visit to Bolivia to share their work, Agents and Assets, about the impact of U.S. drug policy on folks here and abroad. John Malpede and his troupe of homeless and formerly-homeless performers had to solve several challenges to make this exchange successful: identifying a willing host, translating, and then performing the work in Spanish, and addressing Bolivian assumptions about U.S. attitudes. The month-long visit to Bolivia also had unexpected benefits—the company is now far better prepared to reach out to the Spanish-speaking communities at home.

Top: Agents and Assets, Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD), photo by Henriette Bowers

 
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SPOTLIGHT ON VAN
CREATIVE RESIDENCY LAYS GROUNDWORK FOR
WORLD PREMIERE

Brooklyn-based visual artist Kalup Linzy visited Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in the spring of 2009 to develop the latest segment of his video series Conversations Wit De Churen. Featuring live action and animated scenes developed with local animation giant LAIKA/house, Linzy’s newest episode, Li’l Myron’s Trade, debuted at PICA’s TBA:09 in September. The artist serves as writer, director, cinematographer, editor, and actor and, in a distinctive strategy, also voices and overdubs the dialogue of multiple characters. Linzy was named by New York Magazine as one of American’s ten most promising artists in 2007, and his residency in Portland delivers on that promise. PICA is one of 15 visual arts organizations across the country which comprise NPN’s newest venture, the Visual Artists Network.

Left: Kalup Linzy, photo by Danielle Levitt